Comment on: EBBA completes remodel of Manchester preschool
If ever there was a need for a 'before' image, it's here - and it's remarkable how image 15/15 - 'Elevation in context' - fails to show the true nature of the architecture of the ground floor.
And, er, what steep-pitched roofs? What hand-stained tiles?
The upper floor walls appear to be of two-tone profiled fibre cement industrial/agricultural cladding, and the shallow-pitched roof reinforces the impression of a cheap shed - or am I dreaming?
One outcome of this inquiry should surely be an easily accessible, really comprehensive and continuously updated database on all testing and certification (worldwide) of all building elements used in the UK - for any particular material, component or manufactured (as opposed to custom-made) assembly.
And custom-made elements should surely have to be clearly regulated in terms of the need for testing and certification where appropriate and necessary.
A great shame that Boris Johnson's government has anything to do with this inquiry as - prime minister or no - he's not known for his personal integrity, and the Grenfell disaster was so appalling (particularly after the Lakanal House tragedy) that the government's impartiality is surely a great deal more questionable than that of Benita Mehra.
There's an eleventh 'thing' for all those architects who are commuters - see if you can reduce your commute (maybe even to zero) if you're serious about fighting the climate crisis, and honest about your own part in it.
Judith Martin's comment brings to mind an incident on the 8th of March 2013 when a train driver in the Network Rail tunnel between Old Street and Essex Road reported water ingress - and the driver of an empty train, on being asked to slow down to investigate, found that two 2m long sections of a pile boring auger had chewed through the cast iron tunnel lining and fallen onto the track.
It transpired that about half the piles for a development 13m above the crown of the tunnel would have intersected with it had they all been constructed.